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Collazo destroys Ortiz in 2nd round; Russell Jr. stops Tamayo

We may have seen the end of Victor Ortiz’s once promising career tonight with him getting blasted out in just two rounds by non-puncher Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ortiz was literally begging to be knocked out from the 1st round with the way that he was swinging for the fences and leaving himself open for short hooks by Collazo in between his shots.

In the 2nd round, Ortiz’s wild fighting style finally caught up to him when he was tagged by a hard right hook by Collazo while in the process of throwing another one of his own shots. The punch from Collazo snapped Ortiz’s head back, causing him to spin around and bend over facing the audience.

Collazo didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of the helpless Ortiz by landing a left hand that barely connected to his head followed by a light right hook that sent Ortiz down on the canvas on his knees. Ortiz then stayed in that position while the referee counted him out. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the round. Continue reading

Freddie Roach says his former charge Amir Khan can upset Mayweather!

The fight has still not been announced as official yet, but most boxing people seem to think superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior WILL do as expected and next fight British star Amir Khan. Boxing fans are waiting patiently for Mayweather’s announcement, and maybe over the Super Bowl weekend, Floyd will put an end to any and all speculation.

But one man has a very good idea of what will transpire in the ring if Mayweather does indeed fight Khan on May 3rd: Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach. Roach was a guest on Sky Sports’ Ringside: Toe to Toe podcast this week and he said he feels his former pupil can cause the shock and upset Mayweather “if he fights the correct fight.” Continue reading

Macklin predicts Golovkin vs Adama live on BoxNation

BoxNation subscribers get a chance to assess whether Kazakh crusher Gennady Golovkin is the most explosive puncher presently active in boxing – as many experts are suggesting – when he makes a ninth defence of his WBA World Middleweight crown live on the Channel of Champions this Saturday evening.

‘Golden Gennady’, 31, has knocked-out 25 of his 28 pro opponents – including each of his last 15 – inside the scheduled distance and, eager to secure the superfights that will vault him among the sport’s biggest earners, he’ll be hoping to extend the streak against tough Ghanaian Osumanu Adama at the Salle des etoiles Monte Carlo.

The 33 year old African challenger, known as ‘Machine Gun’, lasted the full 12 round trip in an abortive IBF challenge to Australia’s Daniel Geale in March 2012 and boasts a stoppage victory over Russia’s Roman Karmazin, a former IBF light-middle titlist. Therefore, expect him to take some shifting. Continue reading

Paulie Malignaggi: “I Would Never Fight Luis Collazo”

Rumors have popped up recently about former welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) fighting the winner of tonight’s Victor Ortiz-Luis Collazo bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi will be calling the fight as part of the Fox Sports 1 telecast, but don’t expect him to jump at the chance to fight Collazo should the veteran beat Ortiz.

“I’ve known Luis half my life, since I was 17, I really wouldn’t fight Luis,” said Malignaggi. “I mean it would have to be for astronomical money and that would never happen. So I wouldn’t fight a close personal friend of mine like that.” Continue reading

Gennady Golovkin Monte Carlo Training Photos

Boxing’s fastest rising superstar, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is finalizing preparations for his tenth world title defense this Saturday, FEBRUARY 1 against world ranked challenger Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo.

Golovkin, 28-0-0 (25KO”s), will defend his WBA/IBO world titles in the main event of Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza for his return to Monaco at the Salles des Etoiles.

On March 30, 2013, Golovkin knocked out former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida in the third round in Monaco, a devastating stoppage that earned accolades for “Knockout of the Year” from Yahoo Sports. His outstanding performances in 2013 (four knockout victories) also earned him “Fighter of the Year” honors from USA Today. Continue reading

Styles Clash: Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez on June 7, 2014 at MSG

We all know that Miguel Cotto (38-4-0) is a fan of fighting at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Maybe it’s because he feels that he has a much bigger following and support there than anywhere else, or maybe it’s because out of the ten times that he had fought in New York, he came out a winner nine times.

Come June 7th, Cotto will be facing his toughest MSG opponent yet: Sergio Martinez (51-2-2).

Miguel Cotto is a fighter before a boxer, at least in the way he prefers to press the action. Never backing down and never leaving any room for anyone to question his heart, Cotto is a fan of middle ring action. Continue reading

Juan Manuel Lopez-Daniel Ponce De Leon to clash in rematch on Garcia-Herrera card in Puerto Rico

A very interesting and potentially explosive card is all set to go down in Puerto Rico on March 15th. Topping the bill will be light-welterweight champ Danny Garcia, defending his Ring Magazine and WBA/WBC 140-pound belts against tough Mexican Mauricio Herrera. Also on the card will be the heavyweight meeting between puncher Deontay Wilder and boxer Malik Scott.

Both these fights intrigue, yet the third fight confirmed for the card caught my eye. Remember back in the summer of 2008, when an unbeaten 25-year-old “Juanma” Lopez blasted onto the world stage with a bang in the form of a 1st-round KO over Mexico’s Daniel Ponce De Leon? Lopez of Puerto Rico snatched the WBO super-bantamweight belt with the win and superstardom seemed to be in his future. Things didn’t quite work out that way for the southpaw slugger, even if he did thrill millions of fans in his subsequent fights. Continue reading

Fight Network to air British Boxing live Showcasing Derek Chisora & Tyson Fury

Fight Network announced today that it will air the February 15 Frank Warren-promoted card in North America, showcasing world heavyweight contenders Derek “Del Boy” Chisora and Tyson Fury in separate bouts, live from Copper Box Arena in London, UK.

Canadian fans may watch all the action on Fight Network, starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), while Americans can view on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $24.95 via DIRECTV, iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN. Integrated Sports Network is distributing this major British boxing event in the United States on behalf of Fight Network. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Lamont Peterson, Virgil Hunter, Deontay Wilder, Bryan Vera, and Raul Marquez

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents another packed, six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The two hour program will feature IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, elite level trainer Virgil Hunter, Light Heavyweight contender Edwin Rodriguez, Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder, Middleweight contender Bryan Vera, and former 1992 Olympian Raul Marquez on tonight‘s live broadcast.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading

Victor Ortiz vs. Luis Collazo quotes for Thursday’s fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 27) – Photo by HoganPhotos – Fighters for the Victor Ortiz vs. Luis Collazo card gathered at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. to workout for the media and hold a press conference before their respective Thursday, Jan. 30 fights at Barclays Center airing live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.

VICTOR ORTIZ, Former WBC Welterweight World Champion

“We’re so ready, we’ve had the best sparring partners and we’re ready to get in the ring. Training camp was really good.

[On experiencing "ring rust"] “Absolutely not, I’m completely 100 percent confident. I have no ring rust whatsoever. Continue reading

Paquiao vs Bradley II – Who Learned More from the 1st Bout?

Rematches can be momentous or insignificant. The Zale vs Graziano II, Raging Bull vs Sugar Ray (all), or on the other hand the Brown Bomber vs. Conn II, or Marciano vs Jersey Joe II. You just never know. When it comes to Pacquiao vs Bradley II, it would seem fans will be treated to an exciting bout. Bradley is young, and Pacquiao recently demonstrated he can still box pretty well, and both have desire and determination to reach new heights, so it should be a good one.

Andre Ward, who is friends with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley offered his opinion that Bradley will win because he wants it more. The only thing wrong with that is Andre doesn’t know how badly Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao wants it. Continue reading

Dereck Chisora faces Kevin Johnson at the Copper Box Arena on Feb. 15th

When British heavyweight titans Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury clash this summer in a blockbuster rematch it could be an eliminator for the WBO World title promoter Frank Warren said today.

The public will get to see both big men in action on Saturday 15th February when they both feature at the Copper Box Arena, Chisora headlines with a WBO and WBA International title defence against tough American Kevin Johnson – who replaces injured Andriy Rudenko – while Fury is chief support in a ten-rounder against experienced Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Chisora has a score to settle with Fury who beat him back in July 2011 taking the Londoner’s British and Commonwealth belts plus his unbeaten record. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Peterson vs Danny Garcia, Bradley, Broner, Mikey Garcia, and Charlo!

Karen B. (Baltimore, MD): As a huge Lamont Peterson fan, I was very happy to see him win last Saturday night. What were your thoughts on his performance, and how do you see a proposed bout between he and Danny Garcia going if they do face off next?

Vivek W. (ESB): Coming into the night, I wanted to really get a feel for where Peterson was mentally, at this stage in his life. We’ve seen Peterson at the top of the ranks, and we’ve seen him look far less threatening. The past has taught us that Peterson can be whatever Peterson wants to be when his mind is right. Some would raise the failed steroid test. My response would be that it’s a non-factor. The lead official for the medical staff produced proof that he was being treated for a condition and the traces found were low enough to pass any other drug test in the sport except the overly stringent “zero policy” VADA based testing. Couple that with the fact that he was cleared by the IBF, and certainly you have to view it as a non-issue. What we saw Saturday was a man with a clean system, and after that performance, one could argue a clean slate and a bright future. Continue reading

Akrong for WBO International title in Australia March 1

Mohammed Akrong of Ghana hopes to finally push his case for a world title crack when he gets the opportunity to win an international title on March 1 in Australia as he faces home favourite, undefeated Jake Carr with the WBO International Super Middleweight belt at stake.

Akrong, AKA Asua Lee boasts a professional career spanning over ten years and is a former Ghana, West Africa and Africa Boxing Union (ABU) champion but lost his bid for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight title last September to Rocky Fielding in the UK.

Now he gets the chance to put himself back in reckoning for a shot at the WBO world title itself should he prevail over the undefeated Australian Super Middleweight champion, Carr in the boxing extravaganza promoted by Lee Murray of Title Shot Promotions at the Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Continue reading

“Mikey Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Jermell Charlo, Bryant Jennings, and Curtis Stevens” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “HBO and Showtime” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

In the opening segment of the program, The Pugilist KOrner team will discuss this weekend’s action from Washington DC and New York City. James and Joseph will examine the winning efforts of Mikey Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Jermell Charlo, Bryant Jennings, Curtis Stevens, and many other talented fighters who were in competion this weekend. Continue reading